Washington County Secretly Offers $100,000 To Lure Firm
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Washington County is offering an unidentified company $100,000 to establish a local operation.
The Hagerstown Herald-Mail reported Friday that the incentive was disclosed in an annual report of expenditures from local hotel-motel tax receipts. The funds are listed as having been committed but not yet spent.
A spokeswoman says the county commissioners approved the incentive during a closed meeting in March 2011. The county has offered such incentives before, but usually not this much.
The report lists the prospective recipient as Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real-estate company. County spokeswoman Sarah Sprecher says Cushman & Wakefield is a merely site consultant for the targeted company.
She says Cushman & Wakefield is listed in the report as the intended recipient to protect the identity of the targeted company.
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